Business Name, Corporations, ABN and Trade Marks
For many starting a business for the first time, it can be confusing knowing what type of business is best. Sometimes becoming a "Sole Trader" can put your family at risk. Explore Your Options.
It's also important to establish a new business in the correct order to avoid errors, additional cost, delays and risk.
The AHBC can complete all of your registration for you, or use DIY tips and videos below to get started.
Not sure what business structure you need or how to register. Book a session to explore your options
Non Member $250
Most common corporate structure used by small to medium size enterprises.
From Non Members $995
From Members $795
Limited by shares for equity raising enterprises / ventures, or Limited Company by Guarantee for charity organisation.
From Non Members $1800
From Members $1595
All active businesses (Sole Trader Corporations, partnerships, and trust structures) must have an ABN.
Non Members $495
(a.k.a. Family Trust) for the distribution of profits to beneficiaries from assets. Eg. property, company shares etc
Non Member $795
Protect your business brand with a Trade Mark. 10 years protection.
Non Member $600
DIY Facts & Links
Types Of Businesses
Get it right, understand what's involves and your level of protection
Additional information on company types and selecting a company with a Constitution or Replaceable Rules
The ABN is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business or organisation to others. You must have an ABN before you can apply for a business name
An ABN is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business and you must register if you are conducting a business.
Update your details online or by contacting the ABR. If your business structure changes you may need to cancel your ABN.
Watch the video to know if you need to register a business name and how.
If you are not trading under your legal name or the full corporate name, you will be required to register a business name. Cost from $34 per year with ASIC (Government department)
You can register for goods and services tax (GST) online, by phone or through an agent
As a payer, you may need to withhold amounts from payments you make to
If you wish to protect your band and / or business name from others, consider a trademark.
Provide details on "what is" and "why" a trade mark. Costing, protection period and how to apply are also outlined
View the ATO web page & video the explains business structures available to you when starting a business.
Trade Mark Classes
Protect your products and service by classification
Common types of IP you’re likely to encounter as a small business owner. Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright